If you're left-handed and knitting books only offer instructions for knitting right-handed, what can you do? Here are some tips just for left-handed knitters!
SheKnows reader Beth writes:
Any tips on where to learn to knit, especially if you're left-handed and books don't really help?
I'm glad you asked that, Beth! Lefties needn't shy away from knitting. There are a couple of things I can recommend for left-handed knitters:
Some words of encouragement
In an excellent article on left-handed knitting, advocating for learning the "righty" continental style, Fuzzy Galore says this:
Misguided attempts to reverse knitting entirely and have the poor left-handed victim try to knit from right to left (ie the stitches, the knitting going from left to right needle) in mirror image of everyone else won't help the natural coordination problems every beginner experiences. Worse, it will leave them with a bad case of knitting illiteracy, unable to benefit from the existing literature without going through a torturous translation process that no beginner can handle. ... In conclusion, the main accommodation that could be tried with left-handed people is to teach them continental knitting first. But nothing else is necessary, just patience on both parts, and understanding that no handedness variation is a handicap in knitting.